Crafting a resume is an important part of your job search. A well-written resume should highlight your skills and experience in a straightforward manner that aligns with the position you’re applying for. Unsure how much to include, or what to leave out? Here are some do’s and don’ts of resume writing and editing that will help see you through to the interview round.
Think of your resume as a calling card, a means of selling yourself to a prospective employer. A resume is typically a one to two-page summary that showcases your work experiences, skills, capabilities and accomplishments. Resumes can take many forms, from a website to a LinkedIn profile to good old paper. Depending on the need, your resume should be available in more than one format.
The first step is understanding what makes you stand out. Begin by identifying your unique strengths, skills and capabilities. Include a mix of soft and hard skills on your resume. If you need help understanding the difference between capabilities and strengths, the Prepped Learning Library can help.A resume for the financial industry will look different from one for a creative industry, where you could make use of infographics or multimedia to stand out from the competition. Research resume examples from other people in the industry or with similar positions to the one you’re applying for. You want your resume to look professional, so start with a template. Prepped has free templates available to help you effortlessly build your resume (and the accompanying cover letter).
Make your resume shine with these tips.
Here is a list of things you want to avoid having on your resume.
The reality of the job market is hiring managers in larger organizations do rely on an applicant tracking system (ATS) to help filter through resumes. No matter how well-written your resume is, you may still have to get it an ATS. The system scans each resume, matching skills and qualifications with the job description.
Resume writing is a skill that needs practice. Prepped is here to help guide you through the process of developing your personal brand and translating that into a resume. Sign-up for Prepped to get help with developing a knock-out resume based on your personal brand that will help get you noticed.